Literature and Culture

Casa Italiana offers also classes to enrich the knowledge of the Italian culture and literature. 

Each semester there is a new, fascinating course! From Italian movie classics to literary classics, to the study of characters that have made Italy what it is today, Casa Italiana's teachers will show you another side of the "Bel Paese".

IL SENSO DEL DOLORE (L'inverno del Commissario Ricciardi)
by Maurizio De Giovanni

This book is set in Naples during the 1930's. Commissario Ricciardi is the protagonist that had the gift - or is it a curse? - to feel pain and to see victims of violent deaths and to hear their last words.  This story is about the investigation of the death of Arnaldo Vezzi, a very famous tenor. We will follow the case through to the discovery of who took his life.

This session will be made up of 8 lessons lasting 2 hours each. 

Tuition: $ 350 (8 weeks)

Sun. 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM;

Instructor: Liliana Lanzano

Starts:  June 28 – August 16

IL NOME DELLA ROSA 
by Umberto Eco - Part 1

The Name of the rose is a historical novel that takes place in 1327 in a Benedictine
Abbey where there are suspicions of heresy. When friar William starts investigating, suddenly seven deaths occur.
He must decipher secret symbols and coded manuscripts in the labyrinth of the Abbey where the most interesting things happen at night. Students discuss the book in class and present research on the background of the Piedmont region.

Tuition: $ 350 (12 weeks)

 

Sec. Sun. 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM;

Instructor: Marisa Darvish

Starts:  April 19 – July 05

NOT OFFERED IN SUMMER

LE OTTO MONTAGNE
by Paolo Cognetti
POSTPONED TO SEPTEMBER 2020

The focus of this course will be on the contemporary, award-winning novel Le Otto Montagne by Paolo Cognetti. This intermediate course will be conducted in Italian. Students will present sections of the book and lead discussions about the text. They will also write on topics related to the novel and read from their writings. Selected grammar topics will be focused on across the semester.

Tuition: $ 350 (12 weeks)

Wed. 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM;

Instructor: Ceil Lucas

Starts:  SEPTEMBER 2020

IL NOME DELLA ROSA by Umberto Eco
Part 2

The Name of the rose is a historical novel that takes place in 1327 in a BenedictineAbbey where there are suspicions of heresy. When friar William starts investigating, suddenly seven deaths occur.He must decipher secret symbols and coded manuscripts in the labyrinth of the Abbey where the most interesting things happen at night. Students discuss the book in class and present research on the background of the Piedmont region.

 

Tuition: $ 350 (12 weeks)

Tue. 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM;

Instructor: Marisa Darvish

Starts: April 14 – June 30

NOT OFFERED IN SUMMER

ANTOLOGY OF ITALIAN CINEMA

Selections from movies will provide the mature students with a rich overview of Italian history and society.  Discussions and role play will serve as a pretext for improving conversation skills and fluency, while analyzing the cultural and social aspects of the Italian lifestyle.  Grammar and syntax will be reviewed as necessary during class discussion. 

Movies: Caro Diario by Nanni Moretti, Ladri di biciclette by Vittorio de Sica e Le Finestra di Fronte by Ferzan Ozpetek.

Tuition: $ 180 (10 hours)

 

Sec. Sun. 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM;

Instructor: Ingrid Nifosi 

Dates: June 7, 14, 21, 28

The learning material will be provided by the course’s instructor

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Tuesday 11am - 7pm

Wednesday 11am - 7pm

Thursday  11am - 7pm

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